Have you created a Blurb book yet? You should! You may have happened upon a photographer's blog or a wedding blog which featured one of those super cool coffee table books that are available now.
You can do those yourself now! With your own photos, layouts, etc.
Let me back up.
I'm a two blog kinda girl. I have this blog and then I also have a blog that features photos of my son. Every day. Well, almost every day. Above is a shot of the coffee table book I made on Blurb for the first year of his life. Basically over 300 pages of his daily life - in color.
Blurb lets you create your own book with downloadable software they provide for free.
It's super easy and if you have a blog, it will even "slurp" your photos and text and drop it into layouts automatically, if you'd like.
My son's book (above) is 8.5 X 11 horizontal. Hard bound. It came with a beautiful color jacket that I designed. There is also a soft cover option as well as many options on sizes.
When I was creating this book, several people asked me about the quality of the inside pages and I was nervous about that as well. But I was thrilled with the outcome. Here are a few photos of the inside:
This book made a great combined Mother's/Father's day present for my parents (Keaton's grandparents). They follow his blog religiously, especially since they are out of state and while they knew I was producing the book, it was a surprise to them to receive a finished copy as a gift.
If you haven't checked out Blurb, I encourage you too. Your book doesn't have to be 300 pages. It can be 10 and just celebrate one special occasion, etc. It can document a baby shower or a wedding or your child's first birthday. I had a blog while pregnant that included thoughts on the journey as well as several ultrasound photos that I hope to turn into a Blurb book someday. (One of the many things on the looonnng to do list.)
Blurb has a bookstore where you can check out the first few pages of other people's books. It's a great inspiration on what can be done with your book.
Make a book that can be passed down! Can you imagine how special this book will be to Keaton? To show HIS children?